OTARD Main Brief
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Among the arguments CHD raised in the brief:
- The rule amendment turns users into wireless carriers but without any regulatory oversight, and therefore the amended rule is oppugnant to the licensing and provider/user regimes intended by Congress.
- The FCC violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by failing to address the concerns that were raised by many municipalities, their telecommunication advisors, HOA related associations and residents, and to provide significant and sufficient policy reasons to justify the sweeping rule preemptions.
- The focus of CHD’s case is the effect of the amended rule on the children and adults who suffer from Radiation Sickness, or whose conditions are aggravated by wireless radiation. CHD argued that the FCC failed to address “the unrebutted evidence that the amendment would directly lead to catastrophic harm for those who are uniquely or particularly injured by it” and their exposure to such radiation can be regarded as “torture.”
- The rule amendment violates the due process rights of the injured. CHD’s brief states that the FCC rule amendment “lends color of law” to violations of procedural and substantive rights granted by other federal, state, or local laws, including the ADA/FHA and their state equivalents.
- The FCC’s preemptions of disability accommodation laws are inconsistent with the policy behind these laws.
- The Communications Act which gives the FCC its regulatory authority “does not give the FCC the right to sentence innocent people to death without any due process,” and the FCC’s preemption overreach is an “administrative absolutism not congenial to our law-making traditions.”
- The FCC failed to explain why these fundamental American traditions must be swept away in the name of ubiquitous and redundant deployment of broadband service.
- The FCC’s elimination of rights of those who have been injured by this radiation and their treatment as a “barrier” for deployment by the FCC is “purposeful, knowing, calculated and deliberate.”
- The amended rule violates constitutional rights including personal rights and liberties secured by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments and other rights that have been recognized by the Supreme Court as fundamental, and thus protected as well. These include the rights to “life,” “property” and “liberty,” which includes “bodily integrity” and privacy-related rights.
- The OTARD regime leads to a wide range of difficult policy, legal and practical difficulties the FCC did not meaningfully confront: “The Commission gets a gold star for inventiveness. But it failed on the “thinking this through” part.”
Real Life Example of OTARD Deployment
CHD’s submission includes a real-life example of the effects of the rule amendment. Dr. David Hoffman’s affidavit was filed with CHD’s brief. The affidavit provides photographs of a massive base station antenna structure that was installed in the backyard of his parents’ neighbor. This antenna is authorized by the OTARD rule amendment. His parents have been suffering various health issues as a result, and his daughter, who suffers from Radiation Sickness, can no longer visit them. She developed symptoms every time she visited her grandparents. According to Dr. Hoffman, in return for allowing the antennas’ installation, which includes four powerful transmitting antennas that transmit over a 3–5-mile radius, the neighbor receives free internet service. Because of the amended OTARD rule, Dr. Hoffman and his parents cannot do anything about this irradiation except beg their neighbor to discontinue his agreement with the company, which he did. The neighbor refused. The Hoffman family cannot sue the neighbor or the company for nuisance or for any other property or health-related damage. They cannot even sue for disability accommodations. The rule amendment eliminated all their rights.
Affidavits Filed with the Brief
To support the brief we filed 11 affidavits as follows:
The Administrative Procedure Act requires that the Petitioners prove that they have “standing,” which means that they have a right to sue. It requires (1) compliance with the “Hobbs Act” which means that the Petitioner filed a comment to the FCC rulemaking docket (2) compliance with “Article III,” showing that the petitioners have been injured by the rule. All four4 Individual petitioners filed an affidavit.
CHD had to prove that it has “organizational standing.” It had to show that it (1) complied with the Hobbs Act or that members it represents did (2) suffered injury from the rule (3) has representational capacity – that it represents its members who otherwise would have had standing to pursue the case by themselves. For that purpose, three of our members filed an affidavit. Dafna Tachover, CHD Director of its 5G and Wireless Harms Project filed the affidavit on behalf of CHD.
Expert Affidavits: Our submission also included three affidavits by experts to support our claims regarding the effects of wireless radiation on people who suffer from Radiation Sickness (electro-sensitivity) and on those whose conditions can be aggravated by exposure:
Professor Riina Bray BASC, MSC, MD, FCFP, MHSC, Medical Director, Environmental Health Clinic, the first hospital clinic worldwide that specializes in radiation sickness
Professor Beatrice Golomb MD PhD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Golomb’s 2018 paper showed that the “mystery sickness” suffered by U.S. diplomats was likely caused by pulsed radio-frequencies.
Dr. Toril Jelter MD, a California pediatrician treating 100 patients, including children, who suffer from Radiation Sickness and neurodevelopmental conditions affected by wireless radiation.
In the conclusion of her affidavit on behalf of CHD, Tachover wrote, “With this rule amendment, the FCC harms those who are the most vulnerable and takes away their right to exist, even in their home. The effects of the FCC rule amendment are egregious, and morally and legally unconscionable.” She concluded by quoting Gandhi: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
Additional Documents filed with the brief:
Addendum Record Reference T1 – provides analysis of the issues raised by comments that were filed to the docket.
Addendum Record Reference T2 – contains quotes of 246 people about their sickness and/or the sickness of their children or other family members from wireless exposure.
Addendum Record Reference T3 – contains the references for the brief footnotes.
We filed a motion requesting to have oral arguments in the case. The FCC’s brief is due on August 23, 2021, and CHD must reply to the FCC’s brief by September 14, 2021. A three-judge panel will be assigned to the case after the conclusion of the briefing stage.
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